Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

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A college student walking down the street on a pitch black night, has a brief encounter with a cop while smoking a joint for his post-traumatic stress disorder, and unfortunately gets arrested, even though marijuana seems to be his only temporary cure. I believe marijuana has many medical benefits, and certain people need it to live a normal, productive life. Opponents of legalizing it have argued that doing so would do more harm than good, however they turn a blind eye to scientific studies proving otherwise. I believe soldiers returning home from war, and cancer patients alike deserve not to be treated as criminals for possessing or consuming cannabis. The United States Government has a duty to allow any and every individual the right to purchase cannabis because there is no reason to arrest otherwise law abiding citizens. I strongly believe these tactics are used solely as a revenue generator for local municipalities. In this argumentative essay I hope to explain why cannabis can and should be legalized.
The reason I believe marijuana should be legal is that there is no decent reason for it not to be legalized. Some people ask 'why should marijuana be legalized?" but I ask "Why shouldn’t it?" From my point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government should only have a right to limit those choices if the person 's actions endanger someone else. This simply does not apply to marijuana, since the individual who chooses to use…

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